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GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Learn more about planting pollinators

August 11, 2017
By DOT BEATTY - Lake Placid Garden Club , Lake Placid News

The Lake Placid Fourth of July parade had no shortage of marchers and fun. The Garden Club of Lake Placid had a terrific turnout of gardeners and grandchildren who helped distribute real flowers, glow sticks and USA banners as well as candy of course.

It was a great time and crowd appreciation for all the beauty we and the Lake Placid Community Beautification Association add to our village. Way to go, gardeners.

Our July gathering featured Brittany Christenson, director of Her topic was inviting butterflies and other pollinators into our gardens. She is currently handling the ADK Pollinator Project. Brittany talked about plants specific to attracting pollinators, such as butterfly weed, red milkweed, multi cornflower, wild cosmos, shasta daisy, lance-leaf coreopsis, sweet William, orange poppy, baby's breath, wild and perennial sunflower, blue flax lupine, gloriosa daisy, black-eyed Susan and several more. There are too many to list.

In addition to planting some of these, we would be doing the pollinators a huge favor if we purchased plants and seeds that have not been exposed to neonicotinoids, neonics as they are called. They are the most widely used insecticide in the world.

Over the Sun Landscapers volunteered to prepare a section of a garden at the Lake Placid Center for Arts for our planting of a dozen or so plants that will attract pollinators.

These plants have not been exposed to neonics. This garden is located left of the main entrance to the LPCA building. It looks terrific. Stop by the LPCA and watch it grow.

You can pick up more information, including packets of pollinator seeds, at all of our local farmers markets. The ADK Pollinator Project has a booth at each of the markets. Plant your own pollinator section of your garden. You can plant the seeds now and see some growth but see more growth next spring.

"When we are designing and caring for our gardens," Brittany Christenson said, "we have two choices: Make it aesthetic and pleasing to just humans or create a beautiful and vibrant habitat for pollinators."

Perhaps we can do both.

Here are a few other ideas to aid pollinators. Don't use pesticides and herbicides in your garden. Pick weeds by hand instead of using chemicals that are toxic. Buy local and organic produce when possible and ask nurseries to carry pollinator plants and seeds free of neonics.

There are two local action groups with more ideas (518-593-8753) and the Lake Placid Land Conservancy ( Check them out to learn how to monitor pollinators on your own property.



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